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curassow

Line breaks: cur|as¦sow
Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊərəsəʊ
 
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Definition of curassow in English:

noun

A large crested pheasant-like bird of the guan family, found in tropical American forests. The male is typically black in colour.
  • Genus Crax (and Nothocrax), family Cracidae: several species
Example sentences
  • Male curassows in breeding season vocalize with a deep, resonant humming.
  • Did you know that great curassows - 36-inch-tall blue-black birds with yellow bills - mate for life?
  • The curassows comprise 14 species of sedentary Neotropical birds classified in four genera (Crax, Nothocrax, Mitu, and Pauxi) in the family Cracidae.

Origin

late 17th century: anglicized form of Curaçao.

Words that rhyme with curassow

Curaçao

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